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    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    BLIGH GOVT ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION OF DAISY HILL KOALA PARK

    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Sunday, September 05, 2010

    BLIGH GOVT ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION OF DAISY HILL KOALA PARK

    The Bligh Government will expand an iconic and much loved koala habitat on Brisbane’s south side in a major boost to South East Queensland’s vulnerable koala population.

    Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones today announced the Daisy Hill Conservation Park will be expanded by an additional 127 hectares, taking the total size of the koala sanctuary to a massive 560 hectares.

    Ms Jones made this major announcement at a family fun day to thank Daisy Hill’s hard working koala volunteers, and ahead of the Bligh Government’s 27th Community Cabinet in Logan tomorrow.

    “This major expansion is great news for the threatened koala population in our region and for all Queenslanders who visit Daisy Hill to see koalas in their natural habitat,” Ms Jones said.

    “The land being added to the conservation park is equivalent to 153 football fields, making it the largest land purchase to date under the Bligh Government’s $43 Million Koala Habitat strategy.

    “It had been earmarked for development as it was zoned rural-residential but now it will permanently protected as conservation park.

    “The existing park is already home to 50 koalas, and with this expansion we hope to see that number grow to well over 80 in the years ahead.

    “It is also a significant link in the koala corridors reaching to the Redlands in the North and to Coomera in the South.”

    State Member for Springwood Barbara Stone MP said the purchase of the property at 535 Ford Road, Priestdale, gave the local koala population a fighting chance at continued survival.

    “This is a great win for our koala community and is a big step in ensuring we can enjoy koalas in our backyard for many years to come,” Ms Stone said.

    “Daisy Hill has been a family favourite in Queensland for generations and for many people it’s synonymous with koalas.

    “This announcement means future generations of Queensland families will be able to continue to come to Daisy Hill to see koalas in the wild.”

    Ms Jones said more than 20,000 trees will be planted on the additional land and once it’s fully rehabilitated more than 30 koalas are expected to call the area home.

    “This project is about more than just preserving and protecting existing koala habitat from development, it is about establishing new homes so that our koala population can grow in the future,” Ms Jones said.

    “This property was selected because of its high value rehabilitation potential, and once it’s fully replanted it will be prime koala habitat.”

    The additional property also links to the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area and provides a strategic connection in the wildlife corridor between Tingalpa Reservoir to Venman Bushland National Park.

    The purchased of the Ford Road property follows the announcement on 15 May of a 7.6 hectare property that was purchased at Capalaba West as part of the Koala Habitat Strategy and announcement of a joint initiative with Redland City Council on 1 July to revegetate a 2.5 hectare site adjoining the Coolnwynpin Creek Corridor.

    The Queensland Government has made a commitment to a net expansion of koala habitat in south-east Queensland by 2020, and has committed $45.5 million over five years to acquire and rehabilitate koala habitat.


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